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EU funding support page

Here you find news related to Horizon Europe; calls and events with emphasis on cluster 5 & 6, ERC and MSCA, open calls for planning grants, and an overview of support available for researchers connected to CEC, CEC Fellows, BECC, MERGE and/or LU Land during the planning and application phase.



Updates and information on open calls, meetings and seminars, avalible planning grants etc.

Become an evaluator of EU research projects

Read more and sign up here! Link to


Funding and tender opportunities - open calls

Filter your way forward in the left margin of the pages in the links above!


Open calls for planning grants etc

  • Planning grant HEU applications from MSB, continous call, last deadline 28 Sept 2023
    Link to
  • Region Skåne: Planning grant applications can be sent in at any time, with a paus in the evaluation process between June 15 - Aug 15, and December 15 - January 15. 
    Link to (in Swedish)
  • Planning grant for Swedish cooperation with France and Germany. Deadline Oct 17. Link to


Meetings and seminars/webinars

Cluster 6:

Cluster 5:

NAT100NS provides support, matchmaking etc to facilitate the deployment of the EU Soil Mission (Living Labs and Lighthouses etc), and has a Newsletter with events etc. Read more and sign up: Link to


Upcoming ERC calls

Upcoming ERC deadlines, Link to

  • Starting grant Oct 24, 2023
  • Consolidator grant Dec 12, 2023
  • Advanced grant Aug 29, 2024
  • Synergy grant Nov 8, 2023
  • Proof of Concept (ERC-2023-POC) Mar 14, 2024, Sept 17, 2024

Consolidator grant support via Research Services:

Note that there are significant changes to the application template and the evaluation criteria for this year’s call, so participation is recommended even for those researchers who have previously applied for an ERC grant.

  • Workshop: Run by Yellow Research, in-depth overview and practical information on the ERC Consolidator Grants scheme, the proposal format and the key issues relating to planning, writing and costing a proposal. Open for those planning to apply for an ERC CoG grant in the upcoming 2024 call, as well as those interested in applying for an ERC grant further on.
    Tuesday 5 September 2023, 9.00 - 12.30, Zoom. Register here (by 1 September)
  •  Individual Consultations with RS experienced advisors to discuss your CV, the suitability of your project idea for the ERC, and the timing of your proposal. If you are interested in receiving a consultation, please contact John Phillips directly at john [dot] phillips [at] fs [dot] lu [dot] se to book a time. You will need to submit a copy of your CV and a brief summary of your project idea in advance.


Upcoming MSCA calls (doctoral programs and postdoc training)

Link to MSCA homepage on

MSCA Work program 2023-24 is online, first calls to open in May.
Link to (PDF)

Next cofund call to open Oct 10, 2023 with tentative deadline Feb 08, 2024
Link to

More information on MSCA COFUND on the EU Commission website


General information

If you are planning to place an EU-project at CEC, please contact Research Coordinator Marianne Hall as early as possible to make sure CEC can host your project - there is co-funding to account for and admin resources that needs to be secured. See further instructions on the CEC staff pages, "Applying for funding" in the left margin.

Always also contact Research Services as early as possible for support and advice, se information below under Support avalible from Research Services.

Lund University internal rules for participation in Horizon Europe (HEU) are available from the LU staff pages: Internal support for EU applications -

Support during the application phase is avalible from several different actors:

Support from Research Services (Forskningsservice) is given at all stages of the application. Always contact Research Services when you start considering an application within HEU.

If you are coordinating a collaborative project, you will become eligible for internal funding. Grants are paid out in two forms, planning grants and coordination grants. Find more information in the links below (subject to changes).

Support when writing research applications can be obtained via CEC research initiation. This includes:

  • In-kind-support regarding stakeholder contacts and management, communication plans, etc.
  • Financial support of up to SEK 20.000 for running costs, SEK 10.000 for consultants, 1 monthly salary for someone writing or coordinating the applications. NOTE however, that CEC will not top up support given by Research Services. Support from CEC is only given for costs not already covered.

Further information will be found on the CEC webpage under "Support to research applications".

Support to research applications

  • Presently, BECC has no explicit mechanisms for support to coordination or participation in HEU applications.
  • For long-term research development, BECC Action Groups is the preferred instrument.
  • If support for travel costs to project meetings is not already covered by institutions, BECC may develop a mechanism for support, if needed.
  • Support regarding stakeholder contacts and management is coordinated by Research Coordinator Juliana Dänhardt.
  • BECC can also provide support for arranging mentorship.

  • Support is presently provided in collaboration with CEC, BECC and LU Land
  • For long-term research development, MERGE Short projects is the preferred instrument.
  • If support for travel costs to project meetings is not already covered by institutions, MERGE may develop a mechanism for support, if needed.

  • LU Land continues to work with HEU applications by reviewing and identifying relevant calls and, based on this, will initiate/inspire/encourage suitable applications.
  • Support regarding stakeholder contacts and management is coordinated by Research Coordinator Juliana Dänhardt.

LU Sustainability Forum 

  • Supports initiation of larger, cross-faculty applications
  • Find networks, stakeholders and researchers from all faculties
  • Find calls and links to ongoing initiatives
  • Gives an SFO-SDG workshop series with 3 themes: policy, writing applications (impact), and future oriented methodologies

LU Sustainability Forum website -

Climate-KIC / Innovation support

  • Find networks around innovation issues
  • Discuss innovation aspects with Olof Blomqvist and Lina Röjnert

Climate-KIC website -

LU Innovation

LU Innovation can provide advice on impact parts in the application and on questions regarding intellectual property rights. See further on the LU Innovation web page.

LU Innovation website -

Research funders

Research funders such as Vinnova and Formas sometimes have calls for planning grants. Open calls will be posted in the news section.

  • EU Environment Newsletters - Keep up to date with the latest environmental policy developments and subscribe to the EU Environment newsletters that are relevant for you.
    Link to
  • LU Research Services mailing lists - Keep up to date on the latest news regarding the HEU clusters relevant for LU, sign up for your preferred news e-mail.
    Cluster news mailing lists -

Overview of what is coming:

Dedicated webpages:

Special section Cluster 6 - Upcoming calls for 2023-24

Overview of deadlines:

Deadlines: One stage calls: 28/3-23 and 22/2-24

    Two stage calls: First stage: 22/2-24 second Stage: 17/9-24

    Heading 1 – Understanding and addressing the main drivers of biodiversity loss
    Heading 2 – Biodiversity protection and restoration                      
    Heading 3 – Mainstreaming biodiversity in society and the economy                   
    Heading 4 – Biodiversity friendly practices in agriculture, forestry and aquaculture                      
    Heading 5 – Biodiversity and health                       
    Heading 6 – Interconnection of biodiversity research and policies    

Deadlines: One stage calls: 12/4-23 and 22/2-24;
    Two stage calls: First stage: 22/2-24 second Stage: 17/9-24

    Heading 1 – Enabling sustainable farming systems
    Heading 2 – Enabling sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
    Heading 3 – Transforming food systems for health, sustainability and inclusion
    Heading 4 – Targeted international cooperation

Deadlines: One stage calls: 28/3-23 and 22/2-24;
    Two stage calls: First stage: 28/3-23 Second stage: 26/9-23; First stage: 22/2-24 Second stage: 17/9-24

    Heading 1 – Enabling a circular economy transition
    Heading 2 – Innovating for sustainable bio-based systems, biotechnology and the bioeconomy
    Heading 3 – Innovating for blue bioeconomy and biotechnology value chains

  Deadlines: One stage calls: 28/3-23 and 22/2-24
    Two stage calls: First stage: 28/3-23 Second stage: 26/9-23; First stage: 21/2-24 second Stage: 17/9-24

    Heading 1 – Halting pollution of air, soil and water
    Heading 2 – Protecting drinking water and managing urban water pollution
    Heading 3 – Addressing pollution in seas and ocean
    Heading 4 – Increasing environmental performances and sustainability of bio-based processes and products
    Heading 5 – Reducing the environmental impact and pollution in food systems

    Deadlines: One stage calls: 12/4-23 and 22/2-24

    Deadlines: One stage calls: 12/4-23; 22/2-24
    Two stage calls: First stage: 22/2-24 second Stage: 17/9-24

    Deadlines: One stage calls: 23/3-23; 28/2-24

    Heading 1 – Innovating with governance models and supporting policies            
    Heading 2 – Deploying and adding value to Environmental Observations            
    Heading 3 – Digital and data technologies as key enablers          
    Heading 4 – Strengthening agricultural knowledge and innovation systems (AKIS)


CEC, CEC Fellows
Research Coordinator
Marianne Hall

Marianne [dot] hall [at] cecl [dot] u [dot] se (Marianne[dot]hall[at]cecl[dot]u[dot]se)

Research Coordinator
Josefin Madjidian

Josefin [dot] madjidian [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (Josefin[dot]madjidian[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)

Research Coordinator
Lina Nikoleris

Lina [dot] Nikoleris [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (Lina[dot]Nikoleris[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)

LU Land
Research Coordinator
Juliana Dänhardt

Juliana [dot] danhardt [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (Juliana[dot]danhardt[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)